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Art and culture scene

Whether it's discovering Noongar art and culture, visiting a gallery or touring the region's world-renowned wineries, there's much to do in the South West.
The region boasts a thriving arts and culture scene, with something to tempt everyone.

Arts and crafts

Popular with visitors are the region's diverse galleries, with many tourists taking up the opportunity to buy fine art, craft, pottery and timber furniture made from karri, marri and jarrah hardwoods.

Also popular are indigenous artworks by Aboriginal Noongar people. Overseas buyers are among those who have embraced the styles of the Noongar works and the stories behind them, with pieces having found homes around the world.

Festivals, concerts and events

Numerous food and wine, film and literary festivals offer a rich and fascinating mix of culture experiences. Examples include Arts Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival and Busselton's CinefestOz.

The annual Leeuwin Estate winery concert series is a highlight of Australia's social and cultural calendar. Visitors from throughout the nation and abroad make the annual pilgrimage to the vineyard to picnic on the lawn and enjoy the music of some of the world's greatest performers.

There are also many other regular events throughout the region. Historic Bridgetown, for instance, is famous for its annual blues music festival and Boyup Brook comes alive for its annual country music festival and awards.

Find out more about the South West's major annual events.

Public art

Unique and eye-catching public art pieces in the City of Bunbury and in towns throughout the South West are proven draw cards for visitors. As well as permanent displays of public art, the South West is also known for its temporary public art exhibitions. Once a year colourful scarecrows pop up in the town of Balingup and CowParade, the world's largest and most successful public art event, was held in Margaret River in 2010.

Performing arts

The Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre is the main hub for performing arts and hosts visits from local, national and international performers.

Community theatres are home to local performing arts groups.

There are many artists and not-for-profit art groups in the South West region.


Useful Links & Documents

Colourful scarecrows pop up in the town of Balingup for the town's annual Small Farm Field Day

Once a year colourful scarecrows pop up in the town of Balingup for the town's annual Small Farm Field Day.

Sculptures adorn Bunbury's vibrant mainstreet

Sculptures adorn Bunbury's vibrant mainstreet.